Reunion celebration for Galgate Mill workers

Former Galgate Mill employees Linda Knight, Hazel Slack, Valerie Clarkson, Sylvia Partridge, Allistair Clarkson, Judith Winstanley, Yvonne Rogerson, Iris Pearson, Kath Rayner, Margaret Gammon and Jean Gardner.
Former Galgate Mill employees Linda Knight, Hazel Slack, Valerie Clarkson, Sylvia Partridge, Allistair Clarkson, Judith Winstanley, Yvonne Rogerson, Iris Pearson, Kath Rayner, Margaret Gammon and Jean Gardner.

A reunion for people who worked at the former Galgate Mill was held on Saturday.

Rosemin Hussain, whose husband Ayub is the developer behind plans to turn the mill into student accommodation, said: “It was a wonderful to see them all come together and talk about the past.

Former Galgate Mill employees Kath Rayner and Jean Gardner.

Former Galgate Mill employees Kath Rayner and Jean Gardner.

“A real sense of the community coming together could be felt with the locals keen to get involved to record history, and a real sense of the community coming together could be felt with the locals keen to get involved to record history.

“It brought back lots of memories. A lot of locals were employed at the mill, and although the pay was not that great, working at the mill meant they saved in bus fares and they could pop home for lunch.

“Some had memories of the mill being really noisy and dusty.”

Iris Pearson, formerly known as Iris Townley, said: “I liked working here.”

Iris was the longest serving from the group and started work as a spinner and threaded the machines at the mill at around the age of around 14 in 1939 and worked until the mill closed in the early 70s.

Kath Rayner and Jean Gardner worked the housewife shift. They explained they were housewives during the day and in the evening worked at the Mill on the housewife shift between the hours of 6pm and 10pm. Linda Knight, who now lives in Spain, recalled how friendly everyone was and how they all helped each other. The ex-employees talked about the great friends they had at the mill and the laughter.

Some hadn’t seen each other for around 50 years.

When asked how it felt being at the mill again, they all unanimously answered ‘lovely’ and were very keen to see the history preserved and the mill redeveloped.

If there are any other ex employees of the former Galgate Silk Mill they can get in touch with Claire Wheeler through Facebook, on the Galgate Past and Present page.

The photos have been supplied by Claire Wheeler.